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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. the ax attack inside a crowded strain station. police sweeping in. several injuries report. a suspect under arrest. the unfolding scene in germany. also, behind closed doors, the fbi director on capitol hill answering questions. was trump tower wiretapped before the election? what our team has learned so far. bracing for a major storm tonight. the morning commute. rain, ice, snow, after high winds turning deadly,and a ground stop for a time at a new york airport. the new and emotional plea tonight. a grandfather coming forward after two teens are killed in the woods. one of them capturing evidence on her smartphone in the moments before. and the hostage standoff inside a bank. new video tonight ath
customers make a run for it, and the moment police make their move. good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night, and we are following a developing story coming in tonight. police and special forces moving in after an ax attack at a busy and crowded train station in germany. these cell phone images coming in from inside that station tonight. amid reports of a man swinging an ax, several people injured in the attack. authorities on the scene at this hour. at least one suspect is under arrest. abc's alex marquardt leading us off with the images congreming now. >> reporter: special police forces on the scene of the attack tonight. investigating after five people were wounded, one seriously, by an ax-wielding attackerer. trails of bloods on the floor. shocked commuters huddled over the
the attack taking place around 9:00 p.m. no one was killed. the station was shut down, cordened off by police, and helicopters hovered overhead. bruno macedo was on the train at the time. >> we're not stopping at the station. the station is closed. >> reporter: a short time later, police confirming one arrest was made. the identity and motive of the attacker, still unknown. dozens of officers search the train station and nearby businesses for possibly additional suspects. across europe, governments are on a heightened state of alert after a number of terror attacks over the past two years. recently, attackers have went back to cruder methods. last summer, isis claimed responsibility after an afghan teen carried out an ax attack on a train elsewhere in germany. >> alex joins us live, and no claim of responsibility and no
>> reporter: no claim of responsibility, david, and just a short time ago, the police put out a statement saying the suspect is in the hospital after jumping off an overpass near the station, which is still being searched. police also still trying to determine whether or not this was terror-related. david. >> alex marquardt, thank you. there is a developing headline here at home tonight. a late-day visit to capitol hill by the director of the fbi who is under mounting pressure from key lawmakers who want to know, is there any evidence at all that president obama wiretapped trump tower before the election as president trump has claimed? director james comey meeting with lawmakers behind closed doors. sources telling abc news tonight that comey was summoned to discuss several national security issue, including the bombshell claim. abc's mary bruce on capitol hill with what she has learned so far. >> reporter: tonight, fbi director james comey arriving on capitol hill. today, summoned to brief key lawmakers on russian meddling in
trump's explosive charge that president obama had trump tower wiretapped during the campaign. it's now been five days since trump tweeted, this is nixon/watergate, attacking his predecessor as a bad (or sick) guy. >> i think potus stated categorically that trump tower was wiretapped. he should be -- should come forward with the information that led to that conclusion. >> reporter: less than 24 hours ago, two senators sent a letter to the justice department demanding the fbi produce any evidence that might exist. late today on capitol hill, leaders seen rushing into the classified briefing. when reporters asked, democratic senator mark warner if he'd heard any evidence to back up the president's claim, warner's response? i have seen no evidence. comey himself today, saying nothing. >> any evidence you see that president obama ordered a wiretap at trump tower? >> reporter: privately, the fbi
director has unsuccessfully implored the justice department to refute the president's claims. but in an interview with abc news, the director of national intelligence during the campaign was blunt. >> there was no wiretap against trump tower during the campaign conducted by any part of the national intelligence community. >> reporter: president obama, all smiles at a recent visit to a washington museum, but privately, his aides say he is irritated by trump's accusation. he may not be the only one. white house officials have now been pressed again and again on whether they agree with the president. vice president mike pence sitting down today for a local interview on health care, but confronted with questions about the alleged wiretapping. >> yes or no? do you believe that president obama did that? >> well, what i can say is that the president and our administration are very confident that the congressional committees in the house and senate that are examining issues surrounding the last election, the run-up to the last election, will do that in a thorough and equitable way.
live on capitol hill tonight. mary, you reported that senator warner said, quote, i have seen no evidence, but we don't know what comey was asked, and how much he offered on this wiretapping claim? >> reporter: that's right, david. the second of these two meetings with the director just ended moments ago. these are closed-door briefings, with classified material. the director is asking the justice department to refute the claims. david. >> mary bruce on capitol hill again tonight. in the meantime, the hunt is on this evening for the cia leaker who turned over to wikileaks, the playbook. how the cia is able to break into phones, tvs, computers and tonight, the founder of wikileaks, julian assange who revealed it to the world, with a message about the cia, and the surprising visit, the person who visited the embassy today where julian assange delivered that message. here's abc's chief investigative correspondent, brian ross, back on the case tonight.
>> reporter: it was a supremely arrogant julian assange today who crowed about the latest devastating leak of some of the cia's most closely held national security secrets. >> this is a historic act of devastating incompetence to have created such an arsenal and stored it all in one place and not secured it. >> reporter: the 8,700 pages of leaked documents reveal how the cia can remotely turn iphones, ipads, even samsung tvs into secret listening devices. assange said he would provide manufacturers with the cia's technical details. >> so that fixes can be developed and pushed out so people can be secured. >> reporter: it was only a few months ago that donald trump as a candidate was praising wikileaks. >> wikileaks, i love wikileaks. it's been amazing what's coming out on wikileaks. this wikileaks is like a treasure trove. >> reporter: state
>> julian assange is not our friend. he only pushes out the door american secrets. >> reporter: u.s. officials tonight tell abc news the investigation of the leak is focused on employees and contract ertz. >> systems need to be updated. >> reporter: one of the president's closest political allies in britain spent 40 minutes at the ecuadorian embassy, and trump met with him at trump tower, and shares the affection for russian president putin, and it was two weeks ago that he posted this picture dining with president trump at his hotel in washington. >> brian ross back with us here tonight. and the white house said today they were unaware of this meeting between he and assange. in the meantime, the fbi is on the hunt for whoever might be responsible? >> reporter: they say they have narrowed it down to a secret
is no indication it was done by russia or any other foreign government. >> thank you. we are following other news this evening, and next tonight, much of the country bracing for a major storm tonight. it could be a difficult morning commute in much of the east. wind gusts at 50 miles per hour, and power lines falling in rocky hill, connecticut. here's linzie janis. >> reporter: tonight severe storms moving through the heartland. as another system wreaks havoc from the great lakes to the northeast. a falling traffic light near buffalo, new york. a security camera capturing a terrifying moment when brittany gardner and her daughter arrive home near cleveland. you can hear the wind. gusts up to 60 miles per hour in the area. when this happens. daughter, madison, holding on
madison wasn't hurt. in detroit, an arrest in the wind-whipped apartment fire that killed five. authorities now believe it was arson. hundreds of thousands in the area without power. 24 hours after that plane carrying michigan's basketball team skidded off the runway, wind forcing a ground stop at laguardia airport. and david, that ground stop here at laguardia, causing hundreds of delays. the wind is expected to cause problems into the night, and then snow in the forecast. david? >> linzie janis with us. thank you. rob marciano along the westside highway today, and he is tracking the storm. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. those winds have gone northern, and the record high temperature will be a distant memory, and kld air will stay here, and a pattern change over the next five days, and we have three chancens of seeing snow across the east. the first comes tonight across the
breaking out in mouissouri and kentucky. look for snow? pittsburgh, and across the metro area throughout the hartford and boston as well. three to five impnches expectedo fall to prel fall. >> rob marciano, thanks again tonight. next this evening, president trump and his book, "the art of the deal" tonight, putting that art form to the test. giving the hard sell behind-the-scenes to the republican plan ore place obamacare now, and tweeting that health care is coming along great. but he faces a divided republican party on this, and democrats who now argue millions will lose their coverage. here's abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl. >> reporter: president trump declared today he is well on his way to keeping a top campaign promise, repealing and replacing obamacare. despite what you hear in the press, he
is coming along great. we are talking to many groups and it will end in a beautiful picture! it's paul ryan, the white house is relying on to sell the details of the plan, the speaker appearing today with sleeves rolled up and a complex powerpoint presentation. >> this is the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing obamacare. the time is here the time is now. this is the moment, and this is the closest this will ever happen. >> reporter: but the plan is facing mounting opposition. the american medical association and the american hospital association have both come out against it. one analysis projects up to 10 million fewer americans would have health insurance. and some prominent conservatives are lining up against it too, including obamacare critic senator tom cotton, who tweeted this morning, to my friends in house, pause. start over. get it right, don't get it fast.
[ chanting ] >> reporter: it comes after senator kocotton heard from his own constituents losing their coverage. could this make it worse? >> i'm afraid it could make it worse, and americans would have less control and less choice over their health care system. >> reporter: how does the white house respond to senator cotton? >> he believes this bill might actually make things worse in the current obamacare. what do you say to senator cotton? >> i respectfully disagree. i think that -- i hope we have an opportunity for the team to continue to not only talk to him about what we're trying to do and how we're trying to do it, but that we would love the hear his ideas. this isn't, as i mentioned, we're in the jamming this down people's throat. >> jon karl with us live from the white house again tonight, and we saw how speaker paul ryan was making the case for the republican plan to replace obamacare. when do we
president trump and a major push from him? >> reporter: we're told the president will hit the road next week. we know after at least one campaign style event where the white house says he'll be pushing for this bill, but i have to tell you, the president has been working very hard behind-the-scenes to convince members of congress. his schedule has been packed with individual lawmakers and the leaders of conservative groups. many of whom have been quite critical of the bill trying to convince them one at a time. >> jon, thank you. we turn to new comments tonight causing controversy from the head of the environmental protection agency. epa's scott pruitt challenging that carbon dioxide is a major cause of climate change. despite the scientists around the world, the epa and itself, you should several administrations now. >> i would not agree it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.
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shooter inside the bank. >> reporter: more than a dozen cameras were rolling when police say he terrorized customers and bank tellers at this jacksonville credit union in december. it's not clear that he ever asked for money, but the accused gunman is seen plain as day putting his pistol to the head of a customer, forcing these bank employees to their knees, and pushing another to the front of the building. >> he threatened to kill hostages multiple times. >> reporter: this went on for hours until two people hiding in an office made a run for their lives. the distraction gave the swat team the break they needed to storm the credit union. humphrey's family says he has mental health issues. he's still? police custody tonight, charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and auto theft. humphrey is pleading not guilty and appears in court at the end of the month. david. >> thank you, steve. when we come back tonight, the breaking news tonight involving usa gymnastics, and the headline making national headlines. the two teens found in the
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